Holiday decorating is my favorite excuse to bring (more) plants inside. Even simple things like an evergreen branch or a dish of pinecones are enough to bring a sense of warmth and cheer to the home. The Everything Wreath is everything you could hope for in a holiday decoration: it’s fresh, festive, and free! Take the challenge this year to make a fresh wreath and get a little garden therapy while you are at it. The best part is that you will come up with something different every time you try it!
Fresh, Festive, and Free
While out in the garden clipping greenery for an article on the best greenery to use in holiday decorating, I cut a pretty branch from everything in the garden that looked festive: a sprig of golden Euonymus and some variegated boxwood; some glossy green Sarcococca leaves accompanied by shiny black berries; evergreen branches that vary from dusty blue-green to lemony lime-green; and even some Hydrangea and Sedum flowers that were looking lovely as their rose hues deepened in the cold temperature.
After photographing all of these lovely stems, I couldn’t just toss them in the compost bin! And so the “Everything Wreath” was born.
The Everything Wreath
To make this Everything Wreath I used one or two cuttings of each of the evergreens, conifers, and flower heads that looked appealing in my garden.
To make your own Everything Wreath, grab your clippers and head out to the garden or a public space (that you are allowed to take trimmings from) and snip whatever you think looks appealing.
With just a few more materials, this wreath is easy to make and a lovely work of art that is so much prettier than an artificial wreath. Enjoy the fresh air, get festive, and let’s make a wreath!
Gather a bundle of greenery and make a little bouquet. Trim the ends so that it becomes a nice, neat bundle.
Use garden twine or wire (I used wire) to wrap the stems of the bouquet together, and then wrap the wire around the grapevine wreath form. Don’t cut the wire, leave one end of it on the roll as you will use it for the entire project.
Make another bouquet and overlap the tops of the second bouquet over the wire that attaches the first bouquet. Add a few more bouquets until you start to run out of greenery.
You can fill up the whole wreath this way, or only do a portion of it. Here is what a fully-covered fresh evergreen wreath looks like.
I chose to do just the bottom quarter and leave the rest bare. If you are only doing a portion of the wreath, your last bouquet will be placed in the opposite direction of the others, tucking the stems in under the previous bouquet.
When the last bouquet is attached, cut and secure the wire.
Use more clippings to fill in the wreath and cover the wire by tucking stems into the wreath form and under the wire.
You can also add decorative elements like ribbon, ornaments, pinecones, or succulent cuttings.
See how to wire pinecones and succulent cuttings in this article on holiday floral arrangements.
The wreath would also look beautiful with some of these bleached pinecones!
Hang your wreath on the door and admire your handiwork. It’s pretty stunning for a free wreath, right!?